For the next month, we’ll be spring cleaning the easy way with our Spring Cleaning Made Easy series! The goal is to get the whole house clean — one mini task at a time — without having to set aside a whole week, or even a whole day, to clean.
After tackling the kitchen and bathrooms, today’s task should feel easy-peasy as we head into the master bedroom and guest room to wash and change the bedding!
Although you’ve probably changed the sheets fairly recently in both of these rooms, when was the last time you washed the dust ruffle, flipped the mattress or even aired out the comforter? Today’s task is fairly easy and will really help freshen up the master and guest bedrooms, especially if you change your bedding with the seasons!
To start, strip the sheets off both beds. Be sure to take the shams off your decorative pillows so those can be washed as well. Lift the mattresses and remove the dust ruffles.
Before you do anything else, go ahead and start a load of laundry. If you’ll be putting the same bedding back on the bed, start with the dust ruffles, fitted and flat sheets, and pillowcases since those are the things you’ll want to put back on the bed first!
Next, flip the mattress. I like to turn my mattress so that the foot is at the head and flip it over.
If you’re not planning on washing the comforters today — and you have a clothesline — hang the comforters out in the fresh air while you’re washing the rest of the bedding.
When the washer is done running, move the sheets to the dryer and wash the pillows.
Now you can take a break while the wash runs. Once the sheets are done, begin making the beds back up while you wash any remaining blankets.
Pack away any seasonal bedding and finish making the beds.
And you’re done!
Bonus: If you have time, take your comforters to a laundromat, where you can use the extra-large capacity washing machines and dryers that can handle the thickness of a comforter. You can also do this in the bathtub at home, but you’ll need someplace to hang the (heavy) comforter to dry!
Track your progress this month with the Spring Cleaning Made Easy checklist, which comes in two versions — one with dates to coincide with the live series and one with generic labels so you can do it on your own at another time. Click here to download or print your copy!
Want to get started on tomorrow’s tasks? We’ll be sorting through your personal wardrobe!
How often do you wash your pillows?